Can't part with the jeans? Well, then, don't! Recycle them into this durable blue jean ball that will double the life of fabric's answer to duct tape: denim. This ball has a remarkably good bounce and is suitable for little kids or big 'uns. It's based on a pattern offered by USA Volleyball (http://assets.usoc.org/assets/documents/attached_file/filename/16727/One_Time_Kids_Skill_Clinic_06.05.07.pdf) and regardless of JB's lukewarm endorsement, believe me, it's fun!

Step 1: Materials List

A pair of old jeans
pattern (http://assets.usoc.org/assets/documents/attached_file/filename/16727/One_Time_Kids_Skill_Clinic_06.05.07.pdf)
sewing machine

12" round balloons

The pattern is available at the USA Volleyball site above. It'll tell you how much to enlarge the pattern pieces. (I'm showing only one end piece, since they're the same size--the only difference is that you'll put a buttonhole in one.) The ruler shots indicate the dimensions I used, in case you trust yourself to make your own pattern. Mine accommodates a 12" balloon very nicely.

By the way, do read the information on the USA Volleyball site. They won't tell you this, but it's kind of like a teddy bear for people who probably don't need to be seen in public with teddy bears--the texture is comforting, it's a little cuddly, and if you keep the balloon good and firm, you can bounce it off somebody's head without doing too much damage.
<p>Heads up for you, the link to the pattern doesn't work anymore.</p>
Hey, thanks! I'll edit the page when I get to my laptop. In the meantime, google &quot;cloth / balloon volleyball sewing instructions&quot; and you'll find a PDF for the USA Volleyball pattern. I appreciate the notice!
Hey congratulations on winning Scoochmaroo Challenge: Reuse!!!
Whaaaaa?? How cool is that? Thanks!
WAY cool if you ask me :D
Sewing that perfect circle... Circles are evil. But I love this idea and love your dog. :) 5 stars.
Oh, don't worry! It's not a perfect circle--it's got that balloon end thing going on. You have a good eye--the dog is the best! Thanks.
This is awesome - and I never would've thought of using a balloon inside a cloth ball (I'll bet it bounces much better than one with batting would). Great instructable!
It does bounce well. You can make them smaller and use a round water balloon size balloon (omit the water). The problem with the smaller one is that the dog really can get his mouth around it and break the balloon. At least with the cover, the &quot;pop&quot; isn't nearly as loud for either dog or kid. Tucking the balloon end into the cover makes it a bit safer for kids, I think.
GREAT idea! Love denim....best stuff ever!
No question about it!
This is awesome! What a creative idea, well done!
Fun, too. Try it!
So you are saying this would be good to use to spike the person over on the other side of the office cubicle wall? Nice job.
It would be perfect for that!

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